Where will I find the Toolkit section?
Applying a Health Equity Lens to the Design and Selection of Strategies begins on p.36 of the Toolkit!
What will I find in the Toolkit Section?
- Recommended tools to organize and operate a successful working group.
- Steps and tools to guide your working group in the development of evidence-informed health equity-focused obesity prevention initiatives.
When am I ready to develop or select strategies?
You have arrived! If you are ready to address obesity disparities through program development, then you have:
- Conducted a program assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps.
- Addressed capacity needs with trainings or technical assistance.
- Gathered data regarding obesity and health disparities.
- Developed partnerships across of variety of organizational sectors.
How to develop or select strategies?
At this point in the planning process, you are able to integrate the results of other completed steps into a plan for addressing obesity health disparities in your state. On pp. 36-38 of Toolkit, you will find a recommended approach (along with tools and resources) for applying a health equity lens to obesity related initiatives. Here we will discuss how this approach relates to, and is directed by, efforts made in other Planning Process steps.
- Appoint a Working Group
- Having conducted a program assessment you will have recognized areas of weakness within your organization and taken steps to build internal capacity. In an effort to bolster external capacity, you will have identified and engaged partners with supplementary resources and knowledge. Both of these steps will have been completed within the considerations of sustainability and cultural competence. From internally strengthened capacities, and external supportive collaborations you should be able to assemble a core group of individuals to lead subsequent planning steps.
- Review Obesity Disparities Data
- Having collected data, findings should be reviewed by the work group and shared with other stakeholders to create buy-in
- Identify Effective Systems and Environmental Change
- This step requires collaborating with partners previously, and also assumes that if gaps in knowledge were identified through a program assessment those needs were addressed through capacity building.
- Prepare a Review of Policies and Environmental Change Options
- Your work group will compile a list of strategies. This list should be reviewed using a health equity assessment tool. Your program may already be familiar with this tool if you have conducted a program assessment previously.
- The Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) at the University of North Carolina has compiled a list of 26 evidence-based strategies to direct the selection of state and community level obesity prevention strategies.
- The CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative includes many population and community level strategies for ensuring the healthy built environments with ample access to fruits and vegetables and diminished barriers to physical activity.
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables [PDF–2.07Mb] is a compilation of strategies to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, and provides direction and rationale for their use.
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase Physical Activity in the Community [PDF–1.9Mb] is a compilation of strategies for facilitating physical activity, and provides direction and rationale for use.
- Prioritize Systems and Environmental Change Options
- Continued collaboration with identified partners and the work group is necessary here. Again, for effective efforts, capacity building may have taken place to assure knowledgeable decisions are possible. Here also, considerations of sustainability and cultural relevance will be made.
- Develop Implementation and Communication Plans
- For this final task, it is imperative to have full knowledge regarding internal and external capacity for addressing obesity disparities. Remember to consider sustainability in the creation of your implementation plan, and in the development of a communication plan, your work group should remember cultural relevance.